January 14, 2004 - Hollywood, California
Aishwarya Rai is in discussions to play opposite Meryl Streep in
"Chaos", directed by Coline Serreau anticipated to begin filming in September 2004. The film is an English language remake of the director's critically-acclaimed French drama. Rai will play the part of the young woman who is helped out of recovery by Streep's character, after being badly beaten by street thugs.
It will be the third English-language film for Bollywood superstar Rai, who just completed filming on "Bride & Prejudice" with co-star Martin Henderson ("The Ring"), for director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). Rai is also signed to star in the IMAX presentation "Taj Mahal" for release in 2005. Rai will portray the role of Mumtaz, for whom the Taj Mahal was constructed.
Rai is also signed to star in the IMAX presentation
"Taj Mahal" for release in 2005. Rai will portray the role of Mumtaz, for whom the Taj Mahal was constructed
Rai's appearance in the film "Chokher Bali" is receiving rave reactions from the critics and audiences. The film will be available with English Subtitles in March.
Rai recently completed filming on "Khakee" for director Rajkumar Santoshi, also starring Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan, to be released before the end of the year.
Rai has returned to India to complete filming on
"Kyon, Ho Gaya Na" for director Samir Karnik, produced by Boney Kapoor opposite Vivek Oberoi and Amitabh Bachchan, to be released mid 2004, and will then do the film
"Raincoat" for Director Rituparno
Ghosh (release date Dec. 3, 2004).
The Indian beauty is a global phenomenon, with over 17,000 websites worldwide honoring her. Her own official website has been launched,
www.AishwaryaWorld.com, and the amount of hits in the first month alone caused the servers to shut down twice.
In India, Rai has a Garbo-like mystique and is seldom seen at parties or other self-promotion based events and will not talk about her private affairs. "Ash", as she is widely known, will be seen internationally, as the new face of L'Oreal starting in April 2004.
Time Magazine just honored Rai with their cover and Rolling Stone and Stuff Magazines listed her in their annual "Who's HOT" issue.